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Friday, October 09, 2009

Reaction to the Tories in Hackney

According to the Times conference diary (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6867255.ece):

"We don’t like your sort here. A reminder that much of the country is yet to be won over by the Tories. One council candidate in Hackney, a Labour stronghold in East London, told us of a recent canvassing trip: “I knocked on one front door and as soon as I said, ‘Hello, I’m your Conservative Party candidate’, he punched me in the face.”"

Obviously I don't condone violence, but perhaps given what Tory policies would do to my constituents here in Hackney, they should try phone canvassing instead.

37 Comments:

Anonymous Arnold said...

Do you think this week's Comedy Conference in Manchester has reminded voters of what they tossed out in 1997, Luke? I heard pensioners on the bus this morning grumbling about Cameron and his policies. I almost thought I'd slipped back in time to the bad old days of John Major.

4:27 pm, October 09, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strangely enough, I was on the same bus with the grumblies.

They were complaining about Labour: driving the country into bankruptcy, letting in millions of foreigners, destroying their savings, jacking up their taxes, killing their grandchildren with futile wars, leaving their grandchildren with huge educational debts, spying on them with CCTV, interfering in their daily lives, and lying about everything.

5:37 pm, October 09, 2009

 
Anonymous BluePeril said...

Latest Poll!

Con: 44

Lab: 27

Lib: 17

Osborne's helping to "get out the vote", all right - Baxter suggests an overall majority of 142 seats!

5:46 pm, October 09, 2009

 
Anonymous Very disappointed in Homerton said...

I think that Tory deserves a medal for championing democracy in the one party state called the Peoples Republic of Hackney. Luke how the hell can you support a physical assualt on a fellow local politician? It could easily have been an innocent young Labour activist. Your and Labour's lax attitude to crime is one of the reasons this country is in the mess it is now.

7:49 pm, October 09, 2009

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Don't be silly, of course I don't support thumping Tory canvassers, any more than the Times diarist who wrote it up does.

The approved technique for dealing with canvassers from opposition parties is in fact to invite them in for a cup of tea and then keep them talking for as long as possible so they cannot visit any undecided voters.

9:09 pm, October 09, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting really seeing as I know every conservative candidate/activist in Hackney and this story never happened.

However, at least it gave you something to focus on as opposed to the opinion poll above.

Sleep well Luke.

9:16 pm, October 09, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we all thumped Tories then they would not come on our door steps would they, you half hearted Southern soft handed plunkers, lets get serious and start beating the Tories?

12:02 am, October 10, 2009

 
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12:36 am, October 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Mrs Trellis, North Wales said...

Luke writes: "Obviously I don't condone violence ... "

Funny that! We had you down as a war-mongering pro-nuke trigger-happy supporter of the invasion of foreign sovereign states. That must be some other Luke Akehurst then. Sorry laddie!

4:03 am, October 10, 2009

 
Anonymous IT Crowd said...

The link does work. Here's the comment in full

We don’t like your sort here A reminder that much of the country is yet to be won over by the Tories. One council candidate in Hackney, a Labour stronghold in East London, told us of a recent canvassing trip: “I knocked on one front door and as soon as I said, ‘Hello, I’m your Conservative Party candidate’, he punched me in the face.”

9:32 am, October 10, 2009

 
Blogger Merseymike said...

They would probably get the same response up here

2:28 pm, October 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your man is preparing to do a runner.

Tear in Gorgon's drug-addled, depressed retina.

The bastard is going to shuffle out the back on health grounds so as he's able to say the catastrophe at the next election is not down to him and things would have been different and he could have saved the world because there was no boom and bust, and anyway it was all down to world events.

MacCavity's cat. Someone's going to have to drag the useless scumbag from his bed to admit responsibility.

4:56 pm, October 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Labour 26%, Cons 45% - poll in News of the World.

You're not singing now.

8:11 pm, October 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tories in with a majority of 170 seats.

Poor old Luke will be sitting in the Town Hall knowing he's locked into Tory policies for the next 15 years at which time he'll be too old to get a look-in. A permanent PPC for nowhere in particular.

Teaching in one of those new Swedish schools might be a smart career move. It's just like the Assisted Places scheme. Only better.

Every kid in Hackney gets a chance to grab £5,000 and select a good education which Luke and his mates can't do anything about.

9:36 pm, October 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Kier Hardly said...

Gordo is going to wimp out on health grounds. What a spineless waste of space. He is a disgrace

10:53 pm, October 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Arnold!

Any thoughts on the 19% gap between your sleazy, corrupt party and the other one? LOL

Luke?

Any Liebour supporter?

LOL

11:03 pm, October 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got back from a week abroad - no speed camera's or a control freak government bothering me.

Nice to see Arnold (you *must* really be a school kid or Tory plant) and Co haven't changed while I was away!

Keep running down and lying about the Tories guys it'll get you in practice for opposition!

Oh and Luke, apart from the stomach churning site of you on the podium at the Liebour conference (Judging by the audience though at least most people missed it with the seats less than 10% full) you should realise that we have paid for the NHS BIG TIME.

It doesn't need suck asses like you to praise what it gets (over)paid for. You're entitled to the health care unless you're Gordon Brown and have your eye ops in the States.

Keep up the good work guys - you look more weird and delusional by the minute.

hahahahahaha

2:27 pm, October 11, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Gerrards Cross set are doing very nicely out of New wimpish Labour. Nice fat juicy christmas bonuses coming. Flashy car showrooms are already reporting a surge of orders.

Isn't it reassuring to know that the taxpayers have funded the shits bonuses.

This country needs a good civil war. How much longer are the majority of us to put up with such blatant social injustice

11:52 pm, October 11, 2009

 
Anonymous Dagenham Max said...

I think you should block all "anonymous" postings, see if these people have the courage to put their names next to their comments.

"Every kid in Hackney gets a chance to grab £5,000 and select a good education" - there might be a problem recruiting new teachers if their pay is frozen, so these newly empowered kids might have to travel outside the borough to find a "good education". What's the point of being given choice when the shelves are empty?

7:13 am, October 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Dagenham Max'

... so you were Christened 'Dagenham' then were you?

Let me guess your profession you Prat...

Anything but a real job - some media consultant PR type thing or a student.

Not a real Liebour worker though.

Nothing of benefit to anyone but yourself - ask yourself if this country would still run if your occupation was obsolete - bet it would!

What control freak New Liebour people like you don't like is free expression - especially when it doesn't tow the Dear Leader's line and you disagree with it.

Hey why not use the Terrorism Act to arrest an 84 year old life long party member who happens to disagree with ID cards and shouts at one of your conferences.

You Twats have form 'Max'.

8:03 am, October 12, 2009

 
Blogger kris said...

The biggest favour labour can do for themselves is to ditch Gordon as a matter of urgency. He's toast.

6:56 pm, October 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Dagenham Max said...

Train driver, London Underground and ASLEF not RMT before you even start on that line.

Started work when I was 17 except when I got made redundant, once under Thatcher in 82 and once under Major in 92.

Don't even want to know what you do. Grow up, pal.

10:10 pm, October 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Dagenham Max said...

Sorry, left out "and have been ever since" in there somewhere.

New Labour were just Tory Light, hopefully they learn from their mistakes and get back to helping those who can't afford to help themselves, those who will never benefit from inheritance tax or own their own home.

10:52 pm, October 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Rich said...

All the evidence I'm seeing is that Labours chances are getting a lot worse. Not helped by the governments willingness to jump on the spending cut band wagon. What must public sectors workers be thinking right now.....

Opposition is almost a certainty now and I think even the cabinet knows it.

11:29 pm, October 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see Tory Nutters are out in force, somehow in total denial about homes for votes, jobs for the boys, cash for questions, arms to Iraq, slashed services, schools with no books, the sleaze of Nick Scott, Steve Milligan, Archer, Aitken, Denis's South African millions while his wife propped up apartheid, Sir Mark's honorary title, censorship of the media (banning MPs voices)and a series of other crimes against probity, decency and the people.

The idea the Tories wouldn't have gone into Bush's war is laughable. A sad joke from a shameless liar.

If you're too young to remember 79-97 then I feel sorry for the pain and shame you're going to feel when you see a Tory govt. Anyone who supported them through that miserable period but who is moaning now is a hypocritical disgrace.

10:45 am, October 13, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Luke sitting on the platform "stomach churning?"

Perhaps "Anonymous" thinks people who use wheelchairs should still be locked away where we don't have to hear them.


The "Nasty Party" title is well and truly safe.

11:02 am, October 13, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's stomach churning when you lot don't answer the points ever.

Cooper on Question Time on inheritance tax?

Why do none of you Liebour supporters remind that slimey bitch that it just looks bad to be claiming £568000 a year from ordinary working men and woman and claiming to be working class.

It may not have been noticed by you mouth breathers that the last Tory Prime Minister was John Major, educated in a comprehensive school and brought up on a council estate in an inner city. (Thatcher was working class Grammer educated).

The last Labour Prime Minister, Tony Bliar - oh sorry did I mean Anthony Charles Linton Blair was NOT educated at the local comp.

Please don't start the "You elect the party not the minister" schoolboy politics crap here - Brown the Buffoon didn't even get elected by his own Party let alone the country... Oh didn't Tony Bliar say he would serve a Full Third term?

Lied about that one as well I see.

You Liebour hypocrites disgust me with your false socialist principals which mean shit when you get a sniff of power.

Lord Mandleson hahahahahahah uuurggh :-(

Kinnochio employs his wife, daughter and son in law in Europe - oh we pay for that as well.

You control freak dishonest lying thieving shitbags will go the way of your mentor in the States, George Bush and be toast at the next election.

hahahahahaha

3:39 pm, October 13, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke sitting on a platform is Stomach Churning because of the company he keeps on that platform.

Judge a person by the company he keeps... like Derek Draper, Tom Watson and Damian McBride.

The only person mentioning his disability is you dick head.

Typical New Labour control freak trying to shut down opposition

I happen to see people by their ability's and in Lukes case that is a blog with opinions I disagree with but one that is clearly thought through - unlike the people here like you who judge him on the fact he is in a wheelchair.

Your like Stalin mate - you'd confine less able people to the Gulag.

The Nasty Party was always the people who smear the name of a man who has just lost a disabled son - when it comes to Nasty... Brown employs the best...

... but you won't answer the McBride comment you'll just go off with your holier than thou bit and NEVER answer the question.

Come on you prat justify McBrides behaviour when an apology had to be dragged out of that nail biting lying twat in the Downing Street Bunker...

...well...

..thought so...

hahahahahahaha

3:52 pm, October 13, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oi Anonymous..

"I see Tory Nutters are out in force, somehow in total denial about homes for votes, jobs for the boys, cash for questions, arms to Iraq, slashed services, schools with no books, the sleaze of Nick Scott, Steve Milligan, Archer, Aitken, Denis's South African millions while his wife propped up apartheid, Sir Mark's honorary title, censorship of the media (banning MPs voices)and a series of other crimes against probity, decency and the people.

Homes for votes one Tory councillor - sacked.

Baroness Scotland employs illegal worker and lies about seeing a passport (Which shows she couldn't work) - Prime Mentalist has full confidence in her.

Jobs for the Boys. Too many Labour Lords to list - Mandleson defrauds building society, fiddles passports - sacked then Prime Mentalist has full confidence in him. Sick.

Archer, Aitkin not Government policy just bad people who were jailed for libel. McBride and Draper libel from Downing Street... resigned not sacked.

The difference between the Tories and these shit sacks is the 'government' behaves badly not individuals. Hundreds of thousands murdered in illegal wars.

When did the Tories do that? When did they smear people like that lying piece of shit Brown hiding in the bunker?

When did the Tories release a Libyan mass murderer for an oil deal?

Or the BA Saudi stinker Bliar arranged.

What kind of people are you lot that agree that sort of behaviour is acceptable?

Roll on the election just to see that useless piece of cowardice shit thrown out of Downing Street.

5:29 pm, October 13, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the point is Luke didn't exercise any judgement when he was used by Browns cronies on the platform at that wake a fortnite ago. Fact is this fag end government is finished - there is no legislative program whatsoever - all they can do is limp on to oblivion hoping for some miracle. Luke seems an educated kind of bloke who should really shouldn't be associating himself with this lot.

9:15 pm, October 13, 2009

 
Anonymous Dagenham Max said...

Homes for votes one Tory councillor – sacked

Er, no. Shirley Porter was the leader of Westminster Council, became Mayor then resigned and ran away to Israel when she and five others were faced with a bill of £27m. She hid her money in trusts and pleaded poverty, while her friends back at the council continued to block attempts to get any payment. She now lives in Westminster, Palm Springs and Tel Aviv; she got away with it.

Cameron’s bereavement - the man himself brought it up in his Conference speech.

Al Megrahi was released so he would drop his appeal to prevent the disclosure that the US knew he was innocent all along. Anything else is smokescreen

Awaiting the return of Old Labour

7:52 am, October 14, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Max,

I think the point is that is was Tory bad eggs as individuals vs BAD government policy just like 10p tax - it's cruel and hits the lowest paid and SHOULDN'T be Labour policy.

Frank

8:33 am, October 14, 2009

 
Anonymous Dagenham Max said...

Frank

I agree with you on the 10p tax but I don't accept the "bad eggs" idea, they were merely the visible symptom of underlying Tory policy at the time and I don't hear any difference in the current crop.

That being said if they repealed the 81 Housing Act and started a massive council house rebuilding program even I might vote Tory. Or Lib Dem. They won't as all 3 major parties are totally focused on the middle class marginals because that is where elections are won or lost.

Why do you think BNP are doing so well these days?

8:51 am, October 14, 2009

 
Anonymous DM said...

sorry 1980 (what am i like?)

8:53 am, October 14, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Max,

I'll give you radical - why not reopen the mines? Run them properly. There is 400 years of coal at current rates in South Wales alone. We keep buying coal from Germany how can that be cheaper? Use clean coal technology but just give people real jobs. I'd vote for *anyone* who will do that even the Lib Dems!

Frank

10:11 am, October 14, 2009

 
Anonymous Dagenham Max said...

Radical idea indeed, Frank, which is why it will never happen. It’s not just the Tories who would see any expansion of the mining industry as a possible return of power to the NUM, look how New Labour have tried to disassociate themselves from the Union movement and their working class past. Far easier to buy coal from Germany or wherever and let them deal with industrial relations while we keep people the dole.

When we have all three parties approaching these problems from the same direction just varying in degrees what hope of any change?

12:47 pm, October 14, 2009

 
Anonymous Ed said...

If a council estate in Hackney is really representative of "much of the country" then we've really gone to hell in a handcart as a nation.

They'd elect the embalmed corpse of Chairman Mao if someone stuck a labour rosette on it, and it would do them about as much good.

5:34 pm, October 20, 2009

 

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